Whose Truth, Whose Lies?
Los Angeles-based guitarist Doug MacLeod continues down the country-blues path with Whose Truth, Whose Lies? Macleod's appealing originals, like "'Splain It to Me," "Norfolk County Line," "My Black Pony" and "Can't Give Me Nothin'," combine simple storytelling and motherly wit along with clean acoustic playing and urgent, rootsy vocals. And his politically charged title track is incredibly prescient, given the fall-out of the 2000 presidential election. While Macleod has been regarded as an accomplished electric blues-guitar player and songwriter since his 1984 debut with Hightone, No Road Back Home, he has distinguished himself more successfully with this recent shift to the acoustic side of the blues.